Fresh GreenLight Press Release
Effective September 1, 2010, Teen Drivers under the age of 18 are restricted to only 1 passenger in the car. This law applies to ALL drivers under the age of 18 - even those with their Senior License from HS Driver Ed.
The other important change for new teen drivers is that those teens who take HS Drivers Ed are now required to complete 50 hours of supervised driving with a parent or instructor - 15 hours of that driving must take place in the evening. Previously this wasn't required - meaning teens could go for their road test with only 6 hours of driving instruction.
Why is this a good thing?
Most of you know that car crashes are the # 1 killer of teens in America - killing over 6000 teens a year. And the majority of those deaths are caused by inexperience and distraction behind the wheel. The truth is, HS Drivers Ed hasn't changed in years and most experts agree it's totally ineffective at reducing accidents.
Most states, including New York, are enacting Graduated Drivers Licensing laws which slowly allow more responsibilities (passengers, nighttime driving) once Teen Drivers have at least a year or so of experience driving. GDL laws have been proven to save lives and makes our teens safer on the road.